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Home Improvement Tips for the Holidays From The Money Pit

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 4, 2013) - The holiday season means guests, parties and a lot more time spent indoors. "Before the calendar gets hectic, a few simple home improvement tips can add style, convenience and security," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "They'll not only make you more ready for holidays, but also provide enjoyment and ease throughout the year ahead."

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete recommend the following solutions for a holiday home that really shines.

Twenty-seven tools in one
"Ever gone to your toolbox for a socket wrench, guessed the wrong size, and run back and forth until you got it right? Then gear up with the Stanley TwinTec Ratcheting Wrench," says Segrete. "It's 27 tools in one, with 26 hex sockets and one ratchet that'll fit all kinds of fasteners." The Quick Adjust dials clamp down on any fastener without guesswork, and the dual ratcheting technology speeds projects along. The Stanley TwinTec Ratcheting Wrench is available at Target, Walmart, Menards and independent retailers, and you can learn more at

Air, power and light for garage projects
"If you've struggled to find a plug for a power tool, inflate tires or properly light a project zone, install the Chamberlain Garage Power Station," says Kraeutler. "It combines a 25-foot multipurpose inflator, an LED task light and convenient power outlet, all for less than you'd pay to gear up your workshop with three separate tools." The ceiling-mounted Garage Power Station utilizes the outlet next to your garage door opener, offers adjustable height, and keeps your workspace clutter-free. Look for it in-store and online at The Home Depot, on, and at

One-step finishing and staining
"Add style to your holiday home by refreshing wood furnishings with Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths," advises Segrete. "They combine stain and finish in a pre-moistened cloth applicator, making fast work of furniture as well as cabinets, woodwork and wood accessories." Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths come with stain, finish and gloves, and the stain dries in just one hour. Offering easy soap-and-water cleanup, they're available at home centers and hardware stores nationwide. Find out more at

Strong, simple home security
"You'll never have to worry about misplacing, losing or forgetting your house keys with Schlage's Touchscreen Deadbolt," says Kraeutler. "It's Schlage's strongest lock to date, and holds up to 30 different codes so family members can have their own to use when returning from work, school or vacation." The Touchscreen Deadbolt is Z-wave home-automation-compatible, and has features including lock-and-leave functionality and a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen that prevents wear and detection of access codes. It's available through the Amazon Home Automation Store,, and at select Home Depot and Lowe's stores and online. Learn more at

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